Online September 2013


Pannone takeover by Slater & Gordon hits delays as partners rebel

Slater & Gordon’s planned takeover of Pannone has hit delays with the firm forced to allay individual concerns before any acquisition can go ahead. Well-placed sources said Pannone was in deadlock over the future of the firm, putting the completion of the deal in jeopardy. Last month sources indicated that more than 75 per cent […]

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Ted Burke: The winding road from managing partner to GC

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top. 1998 Burke joins Freshfields from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 20 December […]

Eversheds advises Advansa on sale of assets used in its products

Eversheds has advised European polyester-fibre producer Advansa on the sale of assets used in its branded and speciality polyester products businesses for apparel end uses to Invista, owner of the Coolmax fabric and Lycra fibre brands. The Eversheds team was led by corporate partner Alasdair Outhwaite, supported by intellectual property partner Adrian Toutoungi and associates […]

Eversheds succeeds in dispute over PTK Centertel fine

Lawyers from Eversheds’ electronic communications team and its privacy, information and communication technologies team have successfully represented PTK Centertel in a case involving a fine imposed by the Polish telecoms regulator for the company’s Zetafon offer. In 2011, the president of the Office of Electronic Communications imposed a fine on PTK Centertel of PLN2.5m (£494,000) for failing […]

Ryanair ordered to reduce stake in Aer Lingus

Ryanair has been told to reduce its 29.8 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to just five per cent and has also been restricted from seeking or accepting board representation in the Irish national flag carrier after a ruling from the UK Competition Commission. The aim of the ruling is to protect competition on UK-Ireland […]

Judicial review — proposals for further reform

On 1 July 2013, followings its consultation ‘Judicial review: proposals for reform’, the government introduced significant changes to the judicial review process. The stated aim was to balance the need to ensure lawful public administration with the desire to reduce the number of unmeritorious claims being brought. Changes included reducing the time limit for bringing […]

Railcare saved as German buyers confirm deal

Railcare, a rolling-stock refurbishment company, has been saved after a deal was struck with a German company that was previously on the verge of buying the business in July. The talks with Knorr-Bremse failed at the end of July, and although terms have now been agreed, the workforce has been more than halved… If you […]

Ofcom begins consultation on Earth stations on mobile platforms

Ofcom has published a consultation on its proposals for authorising land-based, aircraft-mounted and ship-mounted Earth stations on mobile platforms (ESOMPs). Considered a solution to the problem of providing broadband connectivity to passengers on board vehicles such as aircraft, ships and trains, ESOMPs will use the radio spectrum to provide broadband backhaul links via satellite. Ofcom […]

Internet domain names: the new gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse

The upcoming launch of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will mark one of the biggest shake-ups of the internet since its introduction. The new gTLD programme is set to transform the domain-name space worldwide by introducing new generic domain extensions to rival the traditional ‘.com’ with almost endless new possibilities. The initiative has been met […]

Aviation safety

Regulation (EU) 965/2012 has been amended by European Commission Regulation (EU) 800/2013 so as to provide more detailed rules for certain aspects of commercial and non-commercial aviation operations. Most notably, detailed rules have been laid down for the ramp inspection of aircraft that are operated under the regulatory oversight of another member state from the […]

Barristers from No5 Chambers speak at Law Society’s Junior Lawyers 2013 event

Barristers Victoria Hutton and Hashi Mohamed from No5 Chambers recently gave presentations at the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers International Weekend 2013. The events took place on 26–28 September 2013 and gave delegates the opportunity to take part in a series of educational seminars and to network with fellow young lawyers from across Europe and the […]

Tim Sheppard from No5 speaks on BBC Radio Gloucestershire Breakfast Show

No5 Chambers barrister Tim Sheppard has been interviewed by Mark Cummings on his BBC Radio Gloucestershire Breakfast Show. The interview concerned recent high-profile judicial review claims in the Gloucester area, including a challenge to permission for an Asda supermarket. Cummings was interested to find out if Sheppard agreed that judicial review was being used inappropriately to […]

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